Cricket is said to be invented in Guildford, Surrey, in England in the 1500s.
The origins of cricket lie somewhere in the Dark Ages, probably after the Roman Empire, almost certainly before the Normans invaded England, and almost certainly somewhere in Northern Europe.
Cricket is said to be derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime, where one player would throw a small piece of wood or a ball, and another player would hit it with a suitably fashioned club. However, the time and origin of this game is not definitely known, but it has surely evolved into a team game, and the concept of placing wickets at either end of the pitch was adopted.
It is said that by Tudor times, cricket had evolved far enough from a club-ball game to be recognizable as the game played today. It was well established in many parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey; within a few years it had become a feature of leisure time at a significant number of schools, and had become popular among young men.